New Delhi: Suraj Lata Devi, an Arjuna Award winner and former captain of the Indian women’s hockey team, has filed a police complaint alleging domestic violence, physical abuse and mental torture against her husband, the police revealed on Thursday. Also Read - Russia Approves Single-Dose 'Sputnik Light' Covid-19 Vaccine With 80 Per Cent Efficacy | Details Here
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the former hockey player alleged she was subjected to harassment by her husband, dowry being the main reason for it, right from the time they got married in 2005. Also Read - Missing Out on Entertainment During Covid? Complete list of movies releasing this May on OTT Platforms
Devi had filed a police complaint alleging that her husband Ksh Santa Kumar, an ex-employee of Western Railway-Mumbai, had tied her up and mercilessly beaten her for almost three hours. She had claimed that he was in a drunken state during the assault. Also Read - Sourav Ganguly Opens on IPL 2021 Resumption - We'll See if a Window Can be Available Before T20 World Cup
Under her captaincy, Suraj Lata Devi had led the Indian women’s hockey team to win three gold medals in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, an event that inspired the making of Bollywood film ‘Chak De India’, the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, and the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup.
“My husband Shanta Singh ridiculed me when I brought all the medals and photos that I had won on the day of my marriage and had remarked what use would it serve,” Devi told the media.
She claimed that her husband went to the extent of abusing her for having won the Arjuna Award and said that it was because of her “immoral behaviour”. The hockey player maintained that she had been enduring the harassment in the belief that her husband’s behaviour would change.
“I never wanted the matter to become public. However, there is always a limit to someone’s patience and tolerance,” she said.
Devi’s mother remarked that she finally took the decision after her husband in an inebriated condition assaulted her at Kapurthala in Punjab in November 2019 while she was officiating at a tournament, organised by the Rail Coach Factory in Sultanpur Lodhi.
On Sunday, Deputy Superintendent Police of Sultanpur Lodhi Sarwan Singh said the Sultanpur Police had registered an FIR thereafter the complaint filed by former hockey captain with Manipur Police was forwarded to Sultanpur Lodhi police station as the incident of violence had occurred there.
Accordingly, Kumar has been booked under various sections of the IPC, including Sec 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty).
With PTI inputs